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Eddic Verse


An Eddic verse was popular with Vikings and was usually simple, dealing largely with mythological or heroic characters. Try reading ‘Beowulf: Dragonslayer’ by Rosemary Sutcliff. Alternatively, read up on Viking myths and legends to help inspire your work our free Viking Activity Pack includes Viking-themed recommended reads!


When you are ready write the titles Simile, Metaphor, Alliteration in your notebook or type them on your computer.

Next, think about what a hero is and what they are like. Use the poetic techniques mentioned above to describe the hero, e.g.

A simile describes your subject ‘as’ or ‘like’ something else
Beowulf is like a shark, strong, powerful and deadly.

A metaphor is there to make an even stronger image in the reader's head by describing a place, subject or object as something unlikely
Loyalty and bravery are Beowulf’s masters.

Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of each or most of the words in a sentence. The easiest way to use alliteration would be to repeat the starting letter of the words ...
Brave Beowulf battles for victory.

Now write your own examples under each title.

Grab a thesaurus or use an online one to compile a list of adjectives that describe a hero.

You are now ready to write your own Eddic!


Beowulf is like a shark, strong, powerful and deadly.
He’s a fearless warrior, a fearless leader, glory must be his.
Loyalty and bravery are Beowulf’s masters,
And he serves them well.
He’s as strong as a bull,
Honest, heroic and humble.
He seizes glory firmly in his hands,
Valhalla will greet him with open arms.

Your Turn

Finished? Why not submit your poem to Young Writers and we will enter it into one of our competitions.

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Young Writers, Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9BF or email it to